-We recently had the chance to chat with the adorable Madison Pettis about her new movie Free Style which opens this Friday, October 9th. Find out what it was like working with Corbin Bleu, her upcoming projects, going to public school and more.
What drew you to this project?
Madison: I met Corbin before I started filming and he was so sweet. He was just like a brother to me and a really nice guy. I was really excited when they offered me the role. I saw him in High School Musical so I was a really big fan. But now we’re closer. I always thought we had similar hair and I wanted to play his little sister in a movie and it happened.
Are you similar to your character “Bailey”?
Madison: I think I am. I have an older brother who is two months age difference from Corbin. In the movie, Bailey sort of idolizes Cale and he’s her hero. My brother is in the Army and he’s my hero too. I think it’s the same kind of relationship I have with my brother.
Any funny moments on set?
Madison: It was freezing when we filmed it, so there were a lot of opportunities for snowball fights between takes.
Do you have a favorite scene?
Madison: I think that the relationship between Cale and Bailey is just really really sweet. The brother/sister relationship. I love all the little moments like when she comes in after Cale and our mom have a little fight. And she just [peeks around the corner] and he goes “c’mon” and he already know what she wants. She just wants to snuggle with him and she just tells him she loves him. It’s just a really sweet relationship and all those little moments are really sweet. You can see the clip below.
Did working on this movie make you want to take up any extreme sports?
Madison: I’m not athletic. I like dance, I have good rhythm, but I’m not athletic at all. I think doing motocross would be a little too extreme for me.
Did you get to try it?
Madison: Nooo. The bike weighs like 250 pounds. Corbin was wheeling it up the hill and I was like, “How heavy is that?” He was like, “It’s really heavy.” I said “you make it look easy” He was like here and leaned the bike on me. It was way too heavy.
The movie actually deals with some heavy issues that viewers might be surprised about. Can you talk about those?
Madison: I think that’s what makes the movie so relatable is that it has all issues in it. It’s not just motocross because it’s not a very common sport. I think that part of the issues of how the family is black and white and she’s asking why are people saying I look different. Or that their parents are divorced or struggling or that he is the man of the house. It has a lot of different storylines that are relatable. I think that’s what makes this a good movie and people can relate to Corbin.
Any pranks on set?
Madison: I’m not the biggest prankster. I’ve taken some lessons from my brother. I think it was mostly just dropping snowballs on each other’s big giant coats. Corbin was pretty good at it. He’d get chunks of ice and just drop them on us. That was [laughs].
(Read the rest of the interview HERE)